About Me

A Florida resident, Ed Schmidt Jr. AKA The Golf Travel Guru is a full-time, independent writer with more than 3,000 articles and columns published in international, national, regional and local publications, including the Robb Report, Travel & Leisure Golf, Golf Partners Magazine, Golf Magazine, Golfweek, Golf for Women, Stratos Magazine, Private Clubs Magazine, Corporate Meetings and Incentives Magazine, Successful Meetings, The Meeting Professional Magazine, Meetings Focus Magazine, Travel Guide to Florida and Travelmuse.com, Shark.com, Cvent.com, Golf Partners online, TravelGolf.com, EuropeGolf.com and WorldGolf.com

Widely recognized as one of the industry's foremost experts on golf travel, Schmidt is the author of three books, Florida Golf Getaways, 52 Great Florida Golf Getaways and Central Florida Visions.
At Gleneagles Resort in Scotland

At Mission Hills Resort in China

Schmidt is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, International Golf Travel Writers Association and International Travel Writers Alliance. In a twenty-four year career Schmidt's research treks for travel stories have taken him to exotic locales around the world like China, Kenya, Tunisia, the Canary Islands, Bermuda, Argentina, Brazil and Slovenia. Some of the amazing golf destinations where The Golf Travel Guru has roamed the fairways, include Scotland, Southwest England, Wales, Ireland and Portugal.
Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina


  1. Ed,

    My name is Michael Huber and I’m the Director of Strategic Partnerships at PrimeSport. PrimeSport offers tickets, VIP hospitality, and travel packages for almost every major sporting event, including the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open Championship, 2014 Ryder Cup, Tour Championship, British Open and much more. A sample of some of our official partnerships include the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Final Four, NCAA Women’s Final Four, NCAA Men’s Frozen Four, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, BCS National Championship, and 15 NFL teams.

    I’m interested in speaking with you about a revenue share partnership with your site for these upcoming golf events. PrimeSport can offer an 8% commission on all ticket sales you refer. The average order value on PrimeSport.com is a little over $1,000, so there is a significant opportunity to earn some ancillary revenue for your site.

    I look forward to speaking with you to discuss this opportunity in more detail.

    Best regards,

    Michael Huber

    1. Thanks for your interest in my site, Michael. Please contact me through my twitter @golftravelguy and we can discuss.

  2. Dear Mr Sherman,

    My name is Anthony Viellevoije, I’m a fellow golf enthusiast from Amsterdam, also making the effort to create a valuable platform for the online golf community. Having started an own business a little over a year ago, this month we’ve finally launched our website: a social travel network (think “Facebook meets TripAdvisor”) for golfers only, called www.Like2Golf.com.

    I much enjoy your site and, given the overlapping focus on travel between our two platforms, hope that you will find the story of our launch an interesting item to write about on your site. The full story can be found in the attached document and if you wish to find out more, of course we are open for a call (contact details below).

    Many thanks in advance and I look forward to your next blog post!

    Best regards,

    Anthony Viellevoije
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    E: Anthony@4elementstravel.com
    T: +31 6 42 000 512

  3. Ed:

    We sell outerwear for golfers at www.gbagolf.com and would love to set you up as an affiliate or offer special deals to your audience on their outerwear. Our line of lined rain suits are the most innovative, and inexpensive on the market. We have created an affiliate program that pays a % of sales tracked from your source, via our Volusion platform store. Its a true win-win versus traditional advertising. Contact me for details.

    Blair Ingle

  4. Ed,

    My passion is to be able to travel different courses following the lead of inspiration like you. Can't grind all my life! I'm going to try Casa de Campo in DR.

    Check out the start of pursuing my passion with my blog on the Mayakoba Camaleon.




  5. Hi there from Pitlochry, Perthshire....,
    Your thoughts on booking early for 2014 Ryder Cup are correct, however I can not help but feel you have ommitted a shout out for the vast array of smaller Bed & Breakfast accommodations Scotland has - such as our own Beinn Bhracaigh (www.beinnbhracaigh.com). The properties are often equal in standard to many hotels, but operate on a smaller scale where the emphasis is on a more personal service. Yes it would be fair to say that B&B's do not have the vast array of facilities you would expect with a larger corporate hotel, however if this is less important than getting a real `Scottish` experience to remember for many years, I do suggest a `Google` for Bed & Breakfast accommodation using the appropriate filters, possibly also with `Trip Advisor` feedback comments in tandem, may be a better way to go?



  6. Mr. Watts,
    Thanks for your comment. I do mention "boutique hotels and B&B's" in my "Arrange Your Own Trip" segment. However, I must admit, only passingly. I appreciate you pointing that out. In the next few months I'll post a Ryder Cup piece on smaller hotels and B&B's. I have followed you on Twitter so I'll try and keep updated about your property. Thanks for your interest.

    The Golf Travel Guru

  7. Ed,

    I love your site, and I'm about to launch my own blog. When you began yours, how did you create/get advertising on your site? Your advice/help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Adam Joyce

  8. Great site, would love to play the new TPC Bahamas course with you. Shoot me an email when you decide to come down here, im a member of The Ocean Club and can set us up to play there too. Simon

  9. Simon, Thanks for the compliment about my site. Hopefully, we can tee it up at the new TPC someday soon. All the best. Hit'em straight.

  10. Greetings Ed.
    Congrats about your site and excelent content!
    We would like to present you our organization and partnership proposal.
    We created Madrid Golf Tour to put all our knowledge and dedication in assisting golfers from all over the world with unique golf experiences in the city of Madrid.
    Madrid Golf Tour is specialized in the advisory of golf trips, for individual and groups, and offers a complete booking service of greenfees so golfers can play at the top golf courses of the city.
    We also would like to guide the clients into an unforgettable visit to Madrid, its special places, tasting the delicious specialities of the Spanish gastronomy and culture too!
    A one-stop-shop concept in golf travel.
    Experience and the best offers! All our offer is trough Abreu Tours, a travel agency since 1840.
    Our team has more than 27 years of experience in golf. We are golfers so we understand all the player’s needs.
    Madrid Golf Tour is committed to delivering the best product tailored to the needs of the golf traveller.
    For more information, please visit our website www.madridgolftour.com
    Under request we can also offer other destinations in Spain and Portugal.
    About our partnership proposal, we think that could be interesting to study a collaboration, the idea is to complement our offer with new destinations.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Best Regards.
    David Vidal Pinheiro